South American Hotel Investment & Tourism Conference announces Hilton CEO as keynote speaker


MCLEAN, VA – The 9th annual South American Hotel Investment & Tourism Conference 2016 to be held in Guayaquil, Ecuador September 27-28, 2016, has confirmed that industry leader and Hilton Worldwide President & CEO Christopher J. Nassetta will be featured as the Conference’s keynote speaker.

During one of the most awaited conference sessions and before an audience of hospitality executives and investors in Latin America, Nassetta will speak about his experience in the industry, his vision for future development of projects and his view on challenges faced by the region.

“Chris Nassetta’s presence at our Conference brings such enormous value to our informative and educational two-day event,” states Arturo Garcia Rosa, President & Founder of the SAHIC. “Nassetta’s renowned experience in our industry, and his very personal reflections will bring us such integral insight and a personable quality to the keynote address.”

Since taking the helm in 2007, Nassetta has transformed Hilton into the largest and fastest growing hospitality company in the world, with more than 4,600 hotels, resorts and timeshare properties, and more than 758,000 rooms in 100 countries and territories. Under his leadership, the Hilton portfolio has grown to 13 industry-leading brands, including the recently launched Tru by Hilton, the company’s game-changing new midscale brand.

Among his many recognitions, Nassetta has been included on Washington’ Business Journal’s Power 100 list of influential business leaders, as well as named a Commercial Property Executive Executive of the Year in 2015. Nassetta’s focus on company culture has also led Hilton to numerous Great Place to Work recognitions, including placing on Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list in 2016.

“Latin America is an incredibly important development region for the hospitality industry, and Hilton expects another year of significant growth in this market,” said Nassetta. “It is a privilege to keynote SAHIC this year, and I look forward to a great conference with the region’s key industry leaders.”

“The major players in the international hotel industry meet year after year at SAHIC to look at the new business opportunities offered by the region for the development of their projects,” stated Arturo García Rosa. “It is truly an honor to have someone as iconic as Chris Nassetta speak at our conference; His participation will certainly be a major highlight and will clearly show that this event stands as Latin America’s benchmark and most important event.”

During the two-day sessions at the Hilton Colon Guayaquil in Ecuador, SAHIC 2016 will continue to contribute to the development of businesses in Latin America, a region with a current marked growth and a promising future for anyone who is developing or seeking to develop projects.